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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Similar Sewing Pattern? on: February 09, 2011 07:24:55 PM
eek, that would be incredibly complicated to sew.

you will probably have a lot of trouble finding a pattern like that, because its so difficult that it's not something the average sewer would tackle.

here is something vaguely similar:


but its gathered, not pleated.

I would recommend using a dress form, or making a duct tape dress form, and draping over the form to get your dress right. make a lining first, and that should help get the sizing right.


good luck if you try it!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Re: "Imma grape" Dress suit to epic-ness (picture overload) on: February 08, 2011 10:03:38 AM
i have no idea how you saw that and thought "awesome dress", but this is one of the coolest transformations ive ever seen. great job.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Robot Baby Mobile on: February 08, 2011 10:01:50 AM
i cannot "rock" this enough

my son has a robot/space theme room and i was lucky enough to find a robot mobile, but this is insanely cute.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plus size Rockabilly and vintage on: February 07, 2011 05:12:25 PM
Another thing to try is to visit the thrift store, and find a simple dress that may be ugly, but that fits you well. or, get something cheap and alter it to fit you well. easier than starting from scratch to make a muslin. then you can take it apart and use it as a pattern.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cropped corset pattern? on: February 07, 2011 05:02:52 PM
thats kind of a 90's style, so its hard to find something in print, but here is a good one


here is another

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to sew a curved hem? on: February 07, 2011 04:46:26 PM
Sometimes I like to sew a basting line (along the hem) with the largest setting on my machine. Then I snug it up so that there are teeny tiny gathers until the folded over part is the same length as the part it's getting sewn onto. The gathers end up so small that you don't see them in almost all instances. This works super well for stuff like circular capes and dresses or skirts where you're doing a rolled hem.

never thought to try that, i have this problem with skirt hems. going to try your solution!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: bread - what am i doing wrong?!?! on: February 07, 2011 07:38:46 AM
i have had this problem for a long time, and i recently discovered a big reason why...i was storing my yeast above my oven! it was killing it. my friend brought over some active dry yeast in a jar that had been in the fridge, and i got the biggest, fluffiest loaf of bread ever. if you don't have a thermometer, get the water to the temp of a hot bath; not so hot that it burns you, but just hot enough to feel really warm. the average bath temp is 101F-106F, which helps as a gauge.

i never thought about the flour tip; i will have to fluff up my flour next time!

if you want to read about my bread making adventure, i just posted on my blog.

8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Soda Bread on: February 07, 2011 07:24:01 AM
This might be a stupid question, but what is bicarbonate of soda?  And where would I find it?  Thanks!

its a fancy name for baking soda.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: High-chair upholstery on: February 07, 2011 07:18:41 AM
great job! i hate my son's high chair, it is stained and ugly. we bought it because it was cheap at walmart. I think now I may take the cover off and make a new one. thanks for the idea!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Baby romper/boyleg onesie on: February 06, 2011 09:09:42 PM
i dont usually say this, but he is really cute Cheesy

and i love it, it reminds me of some japanese rompers i have seen.
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